GaN Corporation (dba Geeks and Nerds) has been awarded a contract for the System-of-Systems Controlled Environment Test Infrastructure (SCETI) by the U.S. Government under the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX), OTA. This effort will be in coordination with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI).

SCETI will simulate Army rotary wing aircraft during landings in degraded visual environments (DVE). The repeatable and safe test system will evaluate new DVE pilotage systems, currently in development, which will assist pilots as they land in heavy rain, dust, or other blinding conditions. This unique controlled DVE test infrastructure will be built for Redstone Test Center (RTC) on Test Area 3, just north of Martin Road West on Redstone Arsenal. SCETI’s four 200-foot-tall towers will embellish the Huntsville skyline, providing connection points for the cable system that will simulate flight across the test range.

“PEO-STRI made a great decision awarding this unique and important contract to GaN. This will allow GaN to showcase expertise in systems engineering, systems integration, test technologies, software development, test and evaluation, and modeling and simulation. And most importantly, this project will be critical in helping the DOD solve the DVE challenge, which ultimately will save soldiers’ lives,” said Mike DeMaioribus, a GaN board member.